One of my favourite blogs is Mr X Stitch, and the Phat Quarter community regularly do embroidery swaps. I've seen some amazing things come out of these swaps, so I decided to dip my toe into the waters and take part in the 1970s themed swap.
I was allocated Sewphie T as my swapee. She's an amazing stitcher - I love her boxing hares, and her stumpwork is just stunning. She said she liked David Bowie, so I decided to take him as my inspiration.
I love Aladdin Sane era Bowie, so I looked online to find pictures of the album cover where he's got that big lightning bolt zigzag over his eye. I found a painting of the album cover that used blocks of colour to delinate his face, and thought that would be a good basis for an embroidery.
The hoop I used is about 6 inches in diameter, and I used mainly satin stitch to fill the colours in. I couched metallic thread for the lightning bolt - looking back, I wish I'd used coloured thread to couch this down. I used a translucent thread, but I think it looks too white on the red and blue. I also wish I'd centred the image a little lower - the eyes should be closer to the centre. Anyway, I'm pretty happy with the stitching, and its a strong image.
I like cats, and puns, so I also embroidered little David Meowie! Look, he has Bowie's mismatched eyes! He's about 3 inches in diameter. Cute!